Saint Paul of Thebes (Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲉ in Coptic) was an Egyptian saint, hailed as the first Christian hermit. It is claimed he lived alone in the desert from the age of sixteen all the way to the ripe old age of one hundred and thirteen. He is venerated in the Orthodox, Coptic, Catholic, and Anglican communions. His loyalty and dedication to Christ is truly one we should all look up to.
Prayer to Saint Paul of Thebes: “...St Paul, patriarch of the hermitical life, St Paul, lover of solitude, St Paul, example of Christian perfection, St Paul, mirror of evangelical poverty, St Paul, true model of humility, St Paul, ornament of purity, St Paul, faithful servant of the Eternal King, St Paul, defence of the tempted, St Paul, inflamed with divine love, St Paul, totally dedicated to God, St Paul, examplar of sobriety and abstinence, St Paul, wholly trusting in God's Providence, St Paul, summit of patience, St Paul, man without complaining, St Paul, admired by St. Anthony, St Paul, commending your spirit to God with hands raised to Heaven, St Paul, honoured after death with service of lions, St Paul, buried by St. Anthony...Pray for Us, Saint Paul the first hermit.”
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